Kahala Life - - FINE PURSUITS - Jamm Aquino, pho­tog­ra­pher

mo‘o (gecko) per­spec­tive look­ing up Univer­sity of Hawai‘i at Manoa, O‘ahu

A gold tree in full bloom is seen in the early morn­ing on the Univer­sity of Hawai‘i cam­pus in Honolulu. The sci­en­tific name of the tree is Tabebuia Don­nel Smithii, and Dr. Wil­liam Hille­brand, the first house physi­cian/sur­geon at Queen's Hospi­tal, is cred­ited with in­tro­duc­ing the tree to Hawai‘i be­fore 1871. It was adopted as a re­for­esta­tion tree but soon be­came pop­u­lar in land­scap­ing. It is known in Hawai‘i as the gold tree, its com­mon name in other coun­tries, pri­mav­era ("first spring" or "early spring"), hints at the unique tim­ing of its burst of blooms, tim­ing that can vary.

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